Lot 573: ALS in French, signed "T-Lautrec," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, no date [but August 1894]. Letter to the celebrated Belgian impressionist Theo van Rysselberghe, in full (translated): "I am here on a holiday in a rather crowded place. My friend who owned the secluded spot is away, so I plan to go to Spain as soon as possible. I would be grateful if you could give me Dario's address so that I can get around with him. My book on Yvette is just published. We will sell it initially to subscribers for 50 francs before the end of the year and from January 1st it will cost 100 francs. Collectors beware! Have you finished your lithograph for L'Estampe? My friendly thoughts to Olin and Madame van Rysselberghe." A rusty paperclip mark to the first page and some trivial brushing to ink, otherwise fine condition.
Toulouse-Lautrec and van Rysselberghe met in the summer of 1887 and became instant friends, each fascinated with the other's artistic work. Through van Rysselberghe, Toulouse-Lautrec was also introduced to Dario de Regoyos, one of Spain's leading modern painters and a co-founder of Les XX. Beyond the notable recipient and reference to this well-known artist, the discussion of his "book on Yvette" is exceptional. Actress and cabaret singer Yvette Guilbert was one of his favorite subjects, and he dedicated his second album of sketches to her; his images of her remain some of his most popular to this day. This fantastic letter, addressing his publication plans and rife with artistic associations, is one of the finest we have offered.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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